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Many of us have experienced challenges grilling shrimp in the past – shrimp falling through the grill cracks or overcooking on the grill. So our executive chef team put together this easy guide on how to grill shrimp! These tried-and-true techniques will have you back at the grill in no time! You can grill shrimp either frozen or thawed.

How to Grill Shrimp

Grilling Thawed Shrimp

For thawed shrimp, you’ll want to get them nice and dry in order to achieve grill marks as quickly as possible so you don’t overcook them. We like to lay them out on a paper towel–lined plate, then refrigerate, uncovered, before grilling. To prevent the shrimp from falling through the grates, thread them onto skewers first. We recommend lining them up and skewering them with two skewers snugly so they’re hugging each other. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water for 30 minutes first to prevent them from burning. Alternatively, wrap the ends of the skewers in foil to keep them from scorching.

Thawing frozen shrimp like Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp first means they’ll cook on the grill quickly, so don’t stray far from the barbecue. (Regular white shrimp take double the time to cook.) Following our simple grilling method will get you rave reviews from everyone at the table.

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Thread shrimp onto metal or wooden skewers (see soaking directions, above).
  • Lightly brush shrimp with oil and season with salt and pepper or Signature Seafood Rub with Citrus & Herb.
  • Grill for approximately 30 seconds per side (as opposed to 2 to 3 minutes for regular white shrimp!) or until flesh is firm and opaque (no longer translucent).
  • Spritz fresh lemon juice over shrimp to add brightness and a touch of acidity to complement their sweetness.

Grilling Frozen Shrimp

If you forget to thaw the shrimp, don’t worry. Our Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp can be cooked from frozen – a major time saver!

  • Place a perforated grill pan on the grill.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Lightly brush shrimp with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover pan and grill 4-5 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are cooked through or until flesh is firm and opaque (no longer translucent).
  • Spritz fresh lemon juice over shrimp to add brightness and a touch of acidity to complement their sweetness.

Chef Tip: To ensure your shrimp are fully cooked, cook until opaque and reach a minimum internal temperature of 140°F.

Serving Ideas

Grilled shrimp are incredibly versatile: the recipe options are endless. They cook quickly, making them an excellent weeknight option for the whole family. Try grilled shrimp as a decadent topper on fish fillets, chicken, steaks, baked potatoes and nachos, or stuff them into salmon fillets or homemade pasta. For a simple, yet classic preparation, serve grilled shrimp with cocktail sauce or melted garlic butter for dipping. Add them to tostadas, tacos and sandwiches or fold them into buttery, cheesy grits. You can even switch things up and replace the chicken with grilled shrimp in Caesar, Cobb or BLT salads. You’ll find all of our favorite shrimp recipes right here!

Grilled Shrimp on a Plate

Nutrition

Shrimp make a versatile protein option that will satisfy just about everyone  – it’s no wonder that shrimp are the most popular seafood eaten in the United States. They’re lean, gluten-free and an excellent source of protein. A 4-ounce serving contains only about 100 calories, boasts 22 grams of protein and is fat-free.

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How to Grill Shrimp

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